Lucy’s Breed

Lucy’s Breed

Lucy's Breed

Western European Village Dog

The DNA results

Lucy’s results came in yesterday and they were not what I was expecting at all, but they were awesome nevertheless. It seems that Lucy is a Western European Village Dog. It may sound stupid at first. I even got really mad because I paid so much to know that my dog is a mutt? Like I didn’t already know that.

BUT! It’s not just a mutt, actually it’s a breed on itself. I was very confused at first but she’s the “mix” of all ancient Spanish dog breeds (thus all the breeds that were around before the breeds that exist now). No matter how far you go in Lucy’s ancestry you won’t find any DNA that matches with an existing breed. It’s very difficult to explain but I will try to explain it as much as possible.

Lucy’s ancestors’ DNA traces back to the first “dogs” that became friends with humans. It means Lucy is a bit feral and a bit domesticated. Village dogs are independent dogs that survive not on hunting but on human scraps. They can be fully domesticated sometimes and this happened to Lucy. This “feralness” does explain why Lucy never comes to me for affection and why she does have this hunting instinct and also the “wanting to be in the pack” instinct. These village dogs were used for guarding and hunting in some places. Some were also used for herding. So they can do all of these activities. Lucy too guards the house!

An example of a village dog is the Australian dingo. These village dogs may be seen as mixed breeds but they are not, they are fully independent and created their own breed by “survival of the fittest”. Since they are partly feral, “wild”, dogs they can only breed once every year. This also explains why Lucy only had her period once every year before she got spayed. Domesticated dogs that are breeds or breed mixes will be able to have a litter twice a year while wild dogs will only have them once a year. They did find some pieces of DNA that were similar to other breeds’ DNA, meaning that they were bred from Lucy’s “breed”. These breeds are the German Shepherd, the Great Pyrenees and the Pyrenean Mastiff. This means that they have a distant common ancestor or there has been recent mating with village dogs to create a pure breed dog. So Lucy’s breed was used to create those breeds or they have the same ancestor that was used to make both breeds.

 I hope it’s more clear after explaining. I consulted many sources to find the most correct information.

Lucy also has a wolfiness percentage of 2,1%. This might seem low but it’s actually quite high. Wolfiness score does not mean that she has wolf ancestors. It means that she has ancient genetic variants in her. So she has ancient genes in her. It’s like her wild past. I personally think it’s because she’s a village dog meaning that she has survived all by her self in the villages without human interference. She was the puppy of 2 other village dogs that chose to breed with their own “kind” due to their survival of the fittest instinct.

After all this research I also found that these village dogs are actually the most healthy dogs. Most are a tan color (usually a little bit darker than Lucy, but I think it’s because Lucy might have come from a sandy place in Spain so the best to survive are the dogs that have this coat color to protect them from the heat and for camouflage) and they usually have pointy ears. This might vary depending on where they are from and what their function is. But the most important part is that they have the most healthy body shape and are least likely to have diseases and any trouble with their hips and so on. Their size and weight are also in balance.

But whatever breed she is, she will always be loved so much by our family. And the great part is that I have always been against breeding dogs in a too extreme way because I hate how people want to mutate dogs to, for example, have a very short nose and then they make a really unnatural and unhealthy dog. So now that I know Lucy is a breed that isn’t really a breed because they created themselves to be the perfect and healthiest dogs around. But besides this I know it’s actually bad to domesticate them, because they can perfectly live a healthy and happy life by themselves. So if I ever want a second dog I will make sure that I adopt one that really needs to be adopted. I want to help those in need.

Lucy was in need too, but I will write another post about that later. I just really feel like it was destiny for me to meet her. She’s my everything, she’s my living heart. I just can’t live without her.

I learned a lot from this experience. Hopefully, you found this as interesting as I did. Have a great week everyone!

And remember: LOVE your dog to the moon and back or even more! And one more thing: Adopt, don’t shop!!

» If you like to find out your dog’s DNA then click here

» Written by Iris who goes under the name of twin-rhino | Published on July 28, 2019

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The Battle of Verdun – A visit in May 2019

The Battle of Verdun – A visit in May 2019

The Battle of Verdun

Feb 21, 1916 – Dec 18, 1916

World War 1

World War 1 was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918 and is considered one of the deadliest conflicts in history.

It was directly triggered by the assassination of the Austrian archduke, Franz Ferdinand and his wife, on 28th June 1914 by Bosnian revolutionary, Gavrilo Princip.

This event was, however, simply the trigger that set off declarations of war. The actual causes of the war are more complicated and are still debated by historians today.

“What started World War 1 began with two deaths.
It ended with 17 million more dead.”

Total Military Mobilisation

million military personnel

Including

million Europeans

European Military After The War

million killed

million permanently disabled

million were seriously injured

Male Population Loss

%

Germany

%

Austro-Hungary

%

France

Military And Civilian Deaths On Both Sides

The Allies, or Entente Powers, counted around 6 million deaths, the Central Powers 4 million.

Many people died, not from combat, but from diseases caused by the war, estimated at around 2 million deaths. 6 million people went missing during the war and were presumed dead.

Two out of three soldiers died in battle, the rest died due to infections or disease. The Spanish flu also killed many people in prisoner camps.

Battle of Verdun

(February 21, 1916 — December 18, 1916), Central Powers engagement in which the French repulsed a major German offensive in the area of Verdun, France. It was one of the longest, bloodiest, and most-ferocious battles of the war.

French Losses

of which 162.308 dead or missing

German losses

of which 100.000 dead or missing

Battle of Verdun

103 Years Later

Me, my colleague and his wife went on a two-day trip in May 2019 to see some impressive leftovers from the battle of Verdun in France. He knows for sure almost everything about war so it was a very interesting thing to experience.

First up was the monument of Colonel Driant and his command post PC du Colonel Driant in Bois des Caures where he was killed during withdrawal on 22 February 1916.

» Written by Alan who goes under the name of twin-rhino | Published on June 10, 2019

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Tour de la Famenne – The Elevated Restaurant of Belgium

Tour de la Famenne – The Elevated Restaurant of Belgium

Tour de la Famenne

The Elevated Restaurant of Belgium

Tour de la Famenne

History in short

Location

On the highway N4 near Marche-en-Famenne

Construction

At the start of the 1970s the construction of the tower began and it opened its doors 3 years later in 1973. It is built to handle wind speeds of up to 300 km/h. The elevator can get you in 40 seconds to a height of 60 metres. The cafeteria is located on the 2nd floor with snacks, beer and coffee to your serving.

One floor up is the restaurant at an elevation of 75 metres. Closed in 2007.

First floor | Kitchen/sanitary

After 244 steps we arrived at the first floor. Too bad the escalator doesn’t work anymore. 

2nd floor | Cafetaria

A decent staircase took us to the 2nd floor, the cafetaria.

From the surface the tower looks like this. Tall and a bit weird, it’s just all concrete. A rusted sign saying Cafe Restaurant – Tour de la Famenne.

3rd floor | Restaurant

A dec

Behind the Tour de la Famenne | The Slide

For more information check out their Facebook page –> TourdelaFamenne

» Written by Alan who goes under the name of twin-rhino | Published on March 18, 2019

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Travel diary: Hong Kong, winter 2018

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Hong Kong

Winter 2018

Hong Kong

History in short

Location

On the highway N4 near Marche-en-Famenne

Construction

At the start of the 1970s the construction of the tower began and it opened its doors 3 years later in 1973. It is built to handle wind speeds of up to 300 km/h. The elevator can get you in 40 seconds to a height of 60 metres. The cafeteria is located on the 2nd floor, snacks, beer and coffee to your.

in nicer weather you can even see Bomai, Chevetogne. One floor up is the restaurant at an elevation of 75 metres. Closed in 2007.

Story of my sister Iris on how we got our first dog

Story of my sister Iris on how we got our first dog

Dogs are man's best friend

The story of my sister Iris

Dogs are man’s best friend

The story of my youngest sister Iris on how we got our first dog

As we all know, dogs are very popular and many people own one or even multiple. And so do we. We got a dog in 2015, 3 years ago.

I will tell you the story of our dog Lucy.

I wanted a dog my whole life but never was allowed to have one. So I kept studying dog breeds, dog behavior and more. I learned so many things and I even got to know something many people don’t know. Many shops that sell dogs are puppy mills. Puppy mills are places where they breed many dogs and sell them for expensive prices even though their parents and themselves were poorly and even horribly cared for. Many of them are sick and die very early.

Finding options

That is why I started to look for other options of how to get a dog. I then found good breeders that only have one breed, which is good because that means they don’t have too many dogs to care for. But these dogs were even more expensive than the dogs in puppy mills.

I always wanted a specific dog breed, but when I kept looking for other ways to get a dog I found the best solution. Adopting a dog. It made me feel good that I found this, because when you adopt a dog you do so much good in the world. You do not only rescue the dog, you don’t encourage people to breed more and more dogs even when there’s so many dogs on the streets and in shelters. 

Fostering dogs

When I found this I still wasn’t allowed to get a dog, so I continued to find ways of getting one. Then I found fostering. I thought that was a wonderful idea to make my parents fall in love with dogs. So I told them, and I was allowed to foster a dog.

First I fostered a beautiful and sweet German shepherd mix, Memba. But she got adopted in a week. I was sad but also happy that she found her forever home. Then I send a mail to a different rescue organization “Arca Noah”.

Adopting dogs

When I sent a mail to them, they immediately replied and asked if they could bring an emergency case dog to me. This dog was Lucy. She was maltreated very badly and was so scared when she first came and was very angry at people around her, except me and my sister. She was so sweet to us and trusted me very quickly. She had to learn so much and get used to everything around her. Now she’s the most happy dog in town and she’s beautiful too.

After a month of fostering we decided to adopt her. As time went by, we went on many adventures together and now she became a part of the family. We all love her.

If you are looking for a dog, consider fostering one and if you love him/her you can go for an adoption.

I included the link to a European dog adoption site.

Christmas for your dog!

Loving the Christmas spirit? You can make it even more awesome by giving your dog his or her own Christmas. I gave my dog her own Christmas dog collar and leash. It suits her really well. You can also get your dog a cute Christmas suit or even antlers.

But when Christmas arrives, it gets really cold outside. If your dog doesn’t like the cold and rainy weather you can get him/her an awesome raincoat. Lucy hates the cold and doesn’t appreciate the rain so much, so she gets to wear her coat on every rainy walk.

Other Christmas gifts include a nice mix of snacks for your dog, a soft and warm bed for them to sleep on when it’s cold, some toys and maybe even new food and water bowls.

Have a nice Christmas everyone!

» Written by Iris who goes under the name of twin-rhino | Published on November 19, 2018

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